The Great Local Photography Contest - 405 Magazine

The Great Local Photography Contest

Honoring Oklahoma City’s most talented photographers.

Honoring Oklahoma City’s most talented photographers.

Oklahoma City has so much to capture. From brilliant blue streaks of lightning illuminating the sky to heart-warming portraits of loved ones and candid snapshots of city events that burst with life. Behind every moment is a visual virtuoso with a camera.

To recognize and showcase the work of our metro’s outstanding photographers, we created a photography contest with 14 categories, with our readers as the judges. Behold the winners — along with a short blurb about each piece and the equipment used. All shots (besides travel) were taken in Oklahoma. Enjoy!

Nature Photography: Cindy Marteliz

“Tulips at sunset photographed during the Tulip Festival 2023 (at the Myriad Botanical Gardens). Photographed with a Nikon D750 and a 50mm lens.”

Aerial/Drone Photography: Steve Johnson/FlightTimeOKC

“Drone photo of the Lake Hefner lighthouse at sunset. Equipment used: DJI Mavic 3.”

Weather Photography: Kellie Carter

“This intense February storm was rolling by Fort Reno when I captured this amazing bolt of lightning. The storm stayed just north of us, which let the sun bring out all of the intense colors in the clouds. I used my Canon R6 and Canon 24-105mm R series lens to capture the image.”

Still Life Photography: Tim Holland

“First snow on Nov. 12, 2018, in Dewey County, OK. Sony A7R”

Sports Photography: Scott Vo

“Two incredible pole fitness competitors. If you do not think this is hard, I beg you to take a pole fitness class at Chrome and try! Photographed these two on a white sweep and high key lighting while they were both spinning. Nikon D810.”

Architectural Photography: Jacob Adam Walton

“Sunrise, Nov. 2. I was driving around OKC at sunrise, as I often do for pictures. I took this with my Canon Rebel T4i at a 116-mm focal length while over the Oklahoma River just before the sun rose. The colors were beautiful, but some editing to remove the city haze really brought out the intensity of it all.”

Fashion Photography: Scott Vo

“All local everything! This is the Miss Teen America pageant winner from Oklahoma. The dress is from a local Oklahoma designer. The location with the bamboo shoots is here in Oklahoma as well! She has a Chinese heritage that we wanted to emphasize for her fashion editorial photoshoot. Nikon D810.”

Wedding Photography: Michelle Baker

“Bride and groom portrait with their fur baby right after they said, ‘I do!’ Photographing love stories will never get old. Taken with Canon RP.”

Food Photography: Shea Alan

“This was shot for WanderFolk Spirits out of Guthrie, Oklahoma. The cocktail is a cucumber mint gin-fizz made with Topo Chico, twist of lime and Prairie Wolf Dry Gin. It was taken on a Canon MK4 and a 70-200mm lens.”

Baby/Maternity Photography: Scott Vo

“Principal dancer of the Oklahoma City Ballet Courtney Connor Jones and her daughter. Most expecting mothers would be resting and staying off her feet. Not Courtney! I captured a few images without any reference to ballet and finally asked her if she would be willing to put on pointe shoes. She happily went en pointe, and her daughter wanted to demonstrate her skills, too!”

Travel Photography: Janetta Smith

“Alaska cruise. Icy Reception. Nikon D700.”

Artistic/Abstract Photography: Teysa Woodward

“This was taken at Quartz Mountain, the evening of the strawberry full moon. The context was to catch the woman rising up from the water to embrace the full moon as if submerging from the womb of mother nature. Sony a7R IV Sigma Art 35mm lens.”

Documentary/Photojournalism Photography: Jason Robison

“This is a fantastic local guitar player by the name of Randy Sanders. This photo was taken at a performance at Bandee’s Barbecue in OKC. Taken with a Canon M6 MKII with a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 with speed booster.”

Portrait Photography: Shea Alan

“I was given the opportunity to photograph Jabee for a collaboration with Boom Town Creamery earlier this year. My goal was to intertwine Jabee’s style with the delicious world of Boom Town ice cream. Canon MK3 with a 70-200mm lens and four Flashpoint 600-watt strobes.”